Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2004

Library voters shelve bond proposal

April 8, 2004

Optimism spread among Basehor Community Library supporters Tuesday when results of the advanced ballots indicated a slight edge in the library's favor.

It dissipated almost as quickly when library backers heard results from the three voting precincts in its library district.

On Tuesday, voters in the 50-square mile library district rejected a $3.79 million library bond issue by a margin of 215; 799 people voted against the proposal, while 584 voted in favor. The funds would have paid for a new facility on 158th Street.

The bond issue failed in all three voting precincts in the library district. The vote totals, according to the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office, are listed below.

  • Advanced ballots: 51 in favor, 36 against.

Basehor city: 247 in favor, 320 against.

  • Basehor township: 134 in favor, 199 against.
  • Glenwood township: 152 in favor, 244 against.

All told, approximately 27 percent of the registered voters in the library district cast a ballot on election day. There are 4,999 voters in the district and just 1,383 voted.

The voting totals are complete but unofficial returns; the votes will be validated Friday afternoon.

On Tuesday evening, Carla Kaiser, Basehor Community Library director, said library officials were disappointed with results from the bond issue, but felt not all was lost.

"We wish it would have turned out differently but I feel very pleased," Kaiser said. "I feel like our group did a good job of informing people, of getting the information out."

Tuesday night marked the third time in 15 months voters in Basehor and surrounding areas have rejected a bond issue. In 2003, two separate bond issues proposed by the Basehor-Linwood School District failed at the polls, the second by a wider margin than the first.

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